Botanical name: Citrus sinensis Family: Rutaceae (citrus family)
The sweet orange is a tree of moderate size, probably the most popular of all citrus fruits, available in a number of varieties that ripen at various seasons. The leaves are shiny and leathery, oblong to elliptic, up to 4 in (10.2 cm) long, and have narrow wings on their petioles (leaf stems) Orange flowers are white, very fragrant, and arranged in clusters of 1-6. They bloom in spring and give rise to oranges the following autumn or winter. Last year's oranges often are still on the trees when the new flowers are blooming Honeybees love orange blossoms and the honey they make is mild and delicious.Oranges do not continue ripening after picking, so leave them on the tree until you're ready to use them.
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